Hosting an event soon? Whatever it may be – wedding, birthday party or corporate event, an absolute essential for every great occasion is some thrilling live entertainment. The choice of genres can be daunting at first, and then you’ve got a dizzying array of incredible acts to choose from! Luckily, we’re here to help with a compilation of the best soul, funk, disco bands for hire.
What a genre to choose! Originating with the recording company named after Detroit’s nickname (a combination of ‘motor’ and ‘town’), Motown is joined by soul for a rich and fascinating musical history. Both Motown and soul have produced legendary performers – from Stevie Wonder to The Supremes; Marvin Gaye to Smokey Robinson, and arguably there’s no better style of music to create a smooth and simultaneously upbeat atmosphere.
Take a look at our list of 2021’s best soul & Motown bands for hire for a flavour of this incredible genre!
1. Groove Station
This 5-10 piece female-fronted band will blow you away both visually and audibly. With sweeping soulful vocals and their own show-stopping twists on huge tracks both classic and contemporary, Groove Station delivers sensational renditions of hits from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin in addition to Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams. The act is dripping with glamour, leading them to have performed in some of the most impressive venues in the world – including but not limited to The Savoy, The Ritz, Blenheim Palace and Bush Hall.
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2. Afro Soul
Fronted with style and panache by the incredible Smooth Aguir, Afro Soul perform an irresistible blend of classic Motown and soul cuts and the hottest modern R&B jams. Delivering dance floor magic that’ll appeal to guests of any age, Afro Soul have impressed at hundreds of weddings, private parties and corporate events during their time as one of the UK’s leading live soul and Motown bands.
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3. The Soul Sounds
The Soul Sounds are an experienced soul, Motown and jazz band who deliver a vivacious and invigorating performance every time they’re up on stage. The band’s razor-sharp show has been honed through performances at prestigious events and venues all over the world, including holding a residency at the Blues Kitchen in London and being the host band at the immortal Ronnie Scott’s. With a formidable repertoire and the ability to breathe energy into any room, The Soul Sounds will make your event one to remember.
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4. Sharp Soul
One of the UK’s premier soul, funk and Motown outfits, Sharp Soul are renowned for the cut-glass perfection of their performances. This slick 5-12 piece band have been together for over a decade and their vast experience shines through every triumphant note of their live show. Sharp Soul is made up of world-class musicians and led by a pair of outstanding vocalists, who imbue verve and energy into songs by legends like Bill Withers, Gloria Gaynor, Al Green and Candi Staton.
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5. Brightmoor Motown
It doesn’t get smoother than Brightmoor Motown, a seriously cool group specialising in soul and Motown renditions of modern-day classics and throwbacks from all the great decades. Boasting an unfailing ability to fill the dance-floor wherever they perform, their soulful renditions create a silky ambience most bands can only dream of producing.
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6. La Grande
The smooth sounds of Motown from the stylish and classy La Grande. A talented male-fronted band, dressed in matching gold suits armed with a repertoire of mammoth songs from the era of soul and Motown, La Grande bring a toe-tapping, head-nodding and hip-twisting night of music that’ll you’ll never forget. Infectious beats and groovy rhythms from La Grande are enough to make anyone shout for more. These guys also have a modern pop set list so they can guarantee music everyone will love during your celebrations.
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Soleil’s soul roots run deep. Having started life as a soul originals band, Soleil have gone on to astound audiences around the world with their fresh take on classic soul and Motown music. This spectacular 7 to 12-piece band have made crowd-winning appearances at shows throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. For a polished performance from one of the hottest live bands around, you can’t go wrong with Soleil.
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A premier soul and Motown, funk and disco band, these scintillating musicians incorporate phenomenal vocals and polished musicianship for a high-energy show that will leave you and your guests clamouring for more. This exclusive act are in huge demand, delivering their unrivalled interprations of iconic songs by James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang and more to appreciative audiences all around the globe. Featuring male and female lead vocals, a varied repertoire and a host of optional extras like a full brass section, a pro DJ, Jewish wedding music and acoustic sets, Principal are one of the world’s leading soul and Motown wedding bands.
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9. Groove Titanium
It doesn’t get any more polished than this 9-member London-based band. From the vigorous vocals to the blazing horns, this band delivers a truly unforgettable and electric live music experience. Equipped with a varied repertoire, their reworkings and renditions feature hits from Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and Earth Wind and Fire.
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Bringing scorching exhilaration through rich, powerful female vocals and dynamic playing from some of the UK’s top session musicians, Clique will set your party alight! A thrilling 5-piece band as standard, Clique offer you an array of line-up options enabling you to put together the perfect Motown and soul function band for your event. For larger events, the band can supply upgraded PA with a dedicated sound engineer and a professional light show complete with truss and engineer.
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11. Soul Pact
Feel-good renditions of the timeless hits we all know and love, Soul Pact bring the soul factor! A 6-piece band to star as the centre-piece to your event, Soul Pact have all the attitude of Motown stars of the past with their sensational sound and glamorous appearance completing the dance floor filling entertainment package you’ve been looking for. Soul Pact can’t be missed!
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Bursting with energy and passion, this show-stopping 4-piece soul band are always in high demand. Fronted by an incredibly talented male vocalist, Stacks deliver hit after hit with the level of dynamism and sincerity expected from a band that’s performed together for many years. Hold onto your socks, because with Stacks around there’s a good chance of them being knocked right off!
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13. Say It Loud
True professionals in delivering a stellar party atmosphere, Say It Loud has stunned and delighted audiences up and down the country. With 10 years in the industry, they know exactly what to do to keep a crowd on their feet all night – specialising in feel-good soul, Motown, funk, RnB and pop.
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14. Soul League
A dazzling band from Liverpool, this incredible collective delivers an impressive performance every time with either male or female vocals, plus a dedicated and expertly talented backing band. Why stop there? Add a full horn section to the band for an extra layer of soul and Motown goodness – bringing the party up a notch and keeping it there all night long.
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15. Soul Dedication
Merging modern hip hop and RnB with tried and tested soul, funk, disco and Motown floor-fillers, Soul Dedication are a great choice if you’ve got a range of ages to impress. This amazing band can move seamlessly from old-school tracks by Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight to modern hits by Beyoncé, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. Soul Dedication’s keyboard player also happens to be an acclaimed rapper who has opened for the likes of Skepta and Wiley. His perfectly delivered bars add vitality and dynamism to Soul Dedication’s staggering live show.
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16. The In Crowd
Extraordinarily talented, this energetic band is highly experienced in delivering a scintillating live performance. With musicians who have played alongside Plan B, Elton John and Eddie Floyd, this brilliant 9 piece features jaw-dropping male and female vocals in addition to sensational keys, drums, guitar and bass. They’re guaranteed to get your event going with a bang.
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17. The Soul Sixes
A super-cool male and female-fronted band, this slick group of polished musicians have an eclectic and versatile set-list. Backed by experienced musicians, both incredible singers add captivating flair to classics old and new – including tracks by Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Amy Winehouse and Chaka Khan. This brilliant band from London have supported top modern soul artists like Stevie Wonder, Beverley Knight, and the Brand New Heavies.
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An absolutely spectacular act, this 5-9-piece smashes every live performance with powerful female vocals, a charismatic front-man and the sucker punch of a live sax. Fame put on a show that involves every single guest, encouraging plenty of interaction and performing songs for every age group; all-time greats like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston mingle with modern stars like Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Jess Glynn on Fame’s crow-winning repertoire.
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We hope you’ve been inspired by this compilation of some of the most exciting Motown and soul musicians right now – it really is one of the most sensational styles of music to hear live and, in our experience, always gets everyone in the party mood at wedding receptions, corporate dos and Christmas parties.
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